On the team was a talented 19-year-old singer Mike Thomas, who was determined to make the trip, despite suffering from cerebral palsy.
Fellow traveller Bevan Pughsley, 18, from Hirwaun, said at the time : "I can't wait. I'm looking forward to meeting new young people and seeing what they can do musically and show them what we can do."
The exchange was led by the Hirwaun YMCA's Gwyn Jones who was funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music, and worked as a community "music maker" in the area.
"This project was about young people singing about their everyday lives but within a context that draws on both Aboriginal Dreamtime mythology and Welsh legends such as the Mabinogi, " said Mr Jones at the time.
"All the preparation work for the project was completed at Hirwaun YMCA's studio facilities - where the Stereophonics began their musical careers."